I knew Midir had a reputation for being super hard from reading our sorta-joint-QT3 playthrough from last year…long after I had given up on The Ringed City, i was reading comments from Krok plugging away like a champ, instead of folding like me.
So, when I eventually returned to the Ringed City a couple weeks ago, I was expecting the worst, and after a few blind attempts, I watched a video about staying in front and attacking the head and eventually i put all the pieces together and was able to win the day.
That said, i think playing the DLC immediately after finishing the base game is a mistake. At least for me personally. I played all the souls games one after the other and each time, when I got to the DLC, I found the difficulty spike super punishing. I would immediately get discouraged, the fatigue would set in, and I would just give up.
It happened with DS1 (i never did beat kalameet and manus), DS2 (i attempted the first DLC and got discouraged by the puzzle mechanics immediately), with BB (i kept pressing on there because i was playing with a friend, but it took months for us to finish the old hunters), and DS3 (i gave up when i got nuked by an angle for the 1000x time).
I am in no way saying Midir is an easy fight. It’s just that when I finally came upon him in quarantine, i was fresh and ready for a challenge, eager for new souls content, and I think that helped me.
Now I want to go back to DS1’s DLC and finally polish off manus and kalameet. I think it’s good to have a white whale in these games.
I used the Wolf Knight’s Greatsword +5, 2 handed, with a qualityish build (more STR than DEX). I stayed glued to the head. I was around level 112.